Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Melbourne?

This February 16th kicks off one of the largest traditional festivals in the world, the Lunar New Year. As the cultural centre of Australia, Melbourne will be host to several Lunar New Year celebrations around the city and its surrounding suburbs. Here is a list of what Lunar New Year events will be taking place.

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Crown Lunar New Year

Location: Crown Riverwalk, The Atrium, Crown Towers, Southbank
Date & Time: 16-18 February 2018, 11am – 11pm

Without a doubt one of the biggest Lunar New Year even this year will be the Crown Lunar New Year Zodiac Spectacular on the weekend of 16th till 18th February. Kicking off the event will be fireworks show on February 16th at 9:45pm. The event is set to feature a lantern display as well as a Hawkers’ Bazaar with food and trinket stalls and cultural performances.

Queen Victoria Market (QVM)

Location: Queen St, Melbourne CBD
Date & Time: 3-4 March 2018

QVM is much more than the city’s go-to place for fresh produce – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution. In mid-February to early march, the market plays host to a number of Lunar New Year festivals for two weekends.

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Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year

Location: Melbourne Chinatown, Little Bourke St
Date & Time: 18th February 2018
More information here.

Lunar New Year wouldn’t be complete without a celebration in Chinatown. Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, Little Bourke St will burst to live with performances and celebration on Sunday, February 18th.

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Springvale Chinese New Year

Location: Springvale Shopping Precinct, Windsor Av, Buckingham Av, and Balmoral Av
Date & Time: 11th February 2018, 10am – 10pm
More information here.

If you won’t be around Melbourne for the Lunar New Year, fret not, the residents of the eastern suburb of Springvale will be kicking their celebrations off a week earlier at the Springvale Shopping Precinct.

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Box Hill Chinese New Year

Location: Main St, Box Hill
Date & Time: 17th February 2018, 11am – 11pm
More information here.

Considered to be the other Chinatown outside the CBD, Box Hill will be hosting their own Lunar New Year celebrations on the 17th of February, from 11am till 11pm in the night.

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Preston Market

Location: Cramer St & Mary St, Preston
Date & Time: 17-18 February 2018, 10am – 2pm (17th Feb) & 10am – 3pm (18th Feb)
More information here.

Residents of the Northern suburb of Preston can join in the Lunar New Year festivities at Preston Market, where Lunar New Year activities will be held on Saturday (10am – 2pm) and Sunday (10am – 3pm).

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Glen Waverley Chinese New Year

Location: Kingsway, Glen Waverley
Date & Time: 25th February 2018

While the bulk of Lunar New Year celebrations take place on the first two days, it is traditionally a 15-day event. In spreading the festive cheer around, the residents of Glen Waverley will be hosting their Lunar New Year celebrations on the 25th of February.

Outside Melbourne

Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs aren’t just the only places in Victoria where one can find Lunar New Year celebrations. Communities in the surrounding cities and towns are also throwing Lunar New Year festivities of their own.


Location: Sovereign Hill
Date & Time: From 18th February 2018
More information here.

Being a settlement that flourished from the Victorian gold rush, it is of no surprise that Ballarat has a substantial Chinese community with a long history to the place today.


Location: Bendigo Chinese Association
Date & Time: 17th February 2018, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm
More information here.

Like Ballarat, Bendigo is another boom town whose fortunes were built on gold, and is now home to a significant population of Asians.

Geelong Pako Festa

Location: Parkington St, Geelong
Date & Time: 25th February 2018, 9am – 5pm
More information here.

Held in conjunction with Geelong’s annual Pako Festa, the Chinese community would be bringing their Lunar New Year festivities to what is touted as the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. The event will see cultural performances, stalls for food and cultural crafts, as well as a cultural parade which is scheduled to take place from 11am till noon.

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Note: All event dates and times are accurate at time of publishing.

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